A little piece of CUPS...
... or how to connect an Apple LaserWriter 8500 under
X.2.6 (and most probably previous releases)... and to gain
access to to its differents print options [This tutorial
can also be helpfull with other laserwriter printer and for
some inkjet ones] (21 August 2003)
New, easier (22 Agust 2003
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
Why this manipulation ? Because, without it:
a) no way yo physically print; the sent page
disappears from the spooler...but does not come out from
the printer itself.
b) no way to reach printer options (sheet feeder
(This screenshot has been done with Freesnap
, a good discovery on gete.net)
We start by deleting the printer from the Print Center to
be ready to re-install a fresh one.
Cilck on "Add"
But instead of allowing OsX to set up all the things by
itself, we select our correct PPD (Postscript Printer
Description) by navigating to the directory where such a
file has been stored
In my case, I navigate to the... OS 9 Printer Description
directory to retrieve a old... but still valid... PPD for my
Our PPD has well been taken into account.
But, still imposible to enable the "Configure" tab
Marvellous OS :-(
Fortunately, there are other tools.
In your web browser, type the following (local) adress:
We arrive in the CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) which
handles all the printing facilities on your machine.
Select "Manage Printers".
In the displayed of all the printers which has been
installed, select our LaserWriter printer and click on
Alleluiah! All the options can be set: memory, sheets
feeder trays, recto/verso switch,...
By the way, set the A4 format instead of the US one: this
would avoid unpleasant surprises!
Modifications have been set...(and yes, the french
accentuate localization bug on the "mémoire"
... and registered...
Back to the OsX Configure Printer utility, we can see
that all the options are back.
Two watchful readers (Laurent Pertois and Hervé
Bizeul) suggest me a easier solution. Thanks to these guys!
In Print Center, select the printer and type command-I
You're jump here.
Through the pop-up menu, you can reach the "Install
Well, the french accentuate localization bug is still
Less funny, we still have to manually retrieve an valid
PPD from our 9 system...